Sweet Lou became the only harness race horse in history to record five winning miles in less than 1:48 and he has done it five weeks in a roll. This time it was Saturday at the Meadowlands and he was victorious for driver Ron Pierce in the $257,700 final of the US Pacing Championship in 1:47.2. It was also Sweet Lou’s eighth straight win.
“He is just so unbelievable,” said Ron Pierce, “Just a super horse. I was not thinking world record at all. Ron Burke did not say go for it so I just let him roll. We did not go any more than we had to. If I had I chased him there is no question he would have paced in 1:45.”
As usual Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan went right out to the early lead with Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) also leaving and taking command by the opening quarter mile in :25.4.
Then it was State Treasurer and driver David Miller coming first-over to the lead but that was short lived as Pierce sent the 2/5 favorite Sweet Lou to the front at the half mile in :53.1. By the three-quarters in 1:21.1, Thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) tried coming first-over but it was too little too late.
Coming off the final turn, Sweet Lou was comfortably in front and held the field at bay, winning by one and one-half lengths. State Treasurer was second with Thinking Out Loud third.
Trained by Ron Burke, it was the eighth win this year for the five-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser. Sweet Lou paid $2.80 to win for owners, the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr and Collura.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com